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January 17, 2019

Call To Ban Certain Plastics Grows Louder

by Jack Kramer | Jan 17, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Environment | State Capitol | Hamden

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HARTFORD, CT — Trying to capitalize on the growing momentum against single-use plastic bags across Connecticut, proponents have submitted two bills to the General Assembly this week: one that would ban them, and another that would require retailers charge a fee for each bag.

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January 8, 2019

Big Y To Ban Plastic Bags in Stores by 2020

by Jack Kramer | Jan 8, 2019 6:51pm
Posted to: Business | Environment

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Supermarket chain Big Y, which has 30 stores across Connecticut, will phase out single-use plastic bags in its stores by 2020.

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January 7, 2019

OP-ED | Tired Of Waiting? Demand That Lawmakers Take Action On Plastic Bags

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 7, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Environment | Opinion

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When the 2019 legislative session opens this week at the Capitol, Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly will have their work cut out for them, with a list of critical agenda items a mile long.

Among them: straightening out the state’s finances; proclaiming, both in word and deed, that Connecticut is “open for business”; how to implement highway tolls (we know they’re coming in some form); whether to allow sports betting; whether to legalize recreational marijuana; acting on paid family and medical leave legislation; and weighing the need for stricter gun control measures.

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January 4, 2019

Towns Take Lead Pushing Plastic-Bag Ban

by Jack Kramer | Jan 4, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Environment | Branford | Greenwich | Guilford | New Haven | North Branford | Stamford | Westport

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Fueled by environmentalists and frustrated by state inaction, a growing number of Connecticut communities are taking or considering action on their own to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery stores to help protect the environment.

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January 2, 2019

Lamont Administration Begins To Take Shape

by Christine Stuart | Jan 2, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Energy | Environment | Law Enforcement | Public Safety | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — Governor-elect Ned Lamont stayed busy during the holidays last week filling out a number of key administrative appointments as he heads toward his Jan. 9 inauguration.

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December 6, 2018

Energy Assistance Group Pilots Program for Water Assistance

by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Operation Fuel, which provides financial help to people who fall short on their home heating and cooling bills, is piloting a program for Greater Hartford residents who are unable to make their water payments.

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November 27, 2018

Environmental Groups Appeal Energy Sweeps Ruling

by Christine Stuart | Nov 27, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Courts | Energy | Environment

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HARTFORD, CT — Energy-efficient businesses and environmental groups have appealed a federal judge’s ruling in favor of the General Assembly’s authority to sweep $145 million in ratepayer funds to balance the budget in 2017.

The judge said the legislature’s decision to sweep the fund did not impair contracts between ratepayers and their electric-distribution companies.

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November 6, 2018

Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Lockbox and Land Hearings

by CTNewsJunkie | Nov 6, 2018 11:55pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Environment | Transportation

Voters tired of seeing transportation funds raided and land deals made under cover of darkness passed two constitutional amendments Tuesday aimed at holding the legislature in check.

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October 25, 2018

Long Island Sound Funding Authorized in Newly Signed Law

by Peter Urban | Oct 25, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Environment | Weather | White House

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation that sets aside $65 million a year for public-private efforts to safeguard Long Island Sound over the next five years.

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October 17, 2018

Climate Change A Moving Target In Governor’s Race

by Jack Kramer | Oct 17, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Energy | Environment | Weather

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HARTFORD, CT — While the issue of climate change hasn’t gained a lot of traction in the gubernatorial debates, recent news events have moved it — if not to the front burner, at least off the back one.

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